pro·​gram·​ming | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-miŋ How to pronounce programming (audio) , -grə-\
variants: or less commonly programing

Definition of programming

1 : the planning, scheduling, or performing of a program
2a : the process of instructing or learning by means of an instructional program
b : the process of preparing an instructional program for a device (such as a computer)

Examples of programming in a Sentence

The news conference interrupted regular television programming.

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The library’s programming does have events that are inclusive for those who would like to see some snakes. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Library Went Viral After Clarifying That Its Anti-Prom Event Will Have Snacks, Not Snakes," 11 Apr. 2019 Participants can partake in alpine skiing and snowboarding, and there’s also the summer military programming that teaches veterans golf, recreational and competitive canoeing and kayaking, cycling, stand up paddle boarding, and personal fitness. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018 And his hands are all over it in terms of the actual programming now. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Redef CEO Jason Hirschhorn returns to Recode Media with Peter Kafka," 23 Aug. 2018 Last year, McKissick and AMFM gallery tested the concept on a smaller scale with the gallery’s popular roaming jazz series as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Park programming. Britt Julious,, "The Feast festival offers a chance to binge on sounds, and help the city's food deserts," 12 July 2018 To accompany the 2004 documentary — which will screen on Saturday with a Q. and A. afterward — the Metrograph will show some highlights of the Z Channel’s heterodox programming. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "4 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 In some cases the music has been logged as playing for more minutes than the TV programming aired. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "The Drain in Spain: Why Late-Night Spanish TV Is Costing Global Music Publishers Tens of Millions A Year," 28 June 2018 The programming includes the Artist Garden, featuring live painting by local artists, Chicago SummerDance with live music and social dancing on Buckingham Fountain Plaza, Kids Eat Chicago, and pop-up performances by local artists. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Five things to make the trek to Taste of Chicago worth it for suburbanites," 26 June 2018 Twenty-seven young adults from throughout the County participated in the youth programming, according to organizers. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford holds annual drug prevention and treament symposium," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of programming

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of programming was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of programming

: the act or job of creating computer programs
: a schedule of television or radio broadcasts

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